Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton
July 2016: Kevin Hollinrake MP was appointed PPS to David Lidington MP, Leader of the House of Commons
Kevin Hollinrake was born and brought up in the constituency and lives near Easingwold with his wife Nikky, four children and 3 dogs. His dad was the local milkman in Easingwold and his mum a voluntary social worker. All his children attend the local schools in Crayke and Easingwold where Kevin was Vice-Chair of Governors. He is a keen sportsman, playing cricket for Easingwold for over 30 years, rugby union for York RI and golf at Easingwold Golf Club.
He started Hunters in 1992, co-founding the business with John Waterhouse, and it is now one of the most successful and fastest-growing estate agencies in the UK. Hunters have 140 branches nationwide including 30 in Greater London with gross turnover in excess of £40m and over 600 people employed throughout the network.
Kevin has been in property for more than 25 years, but after studying physics at Sheffield Hallam University he set up various businesses.
"I sold everything from army surplus to mobile phones. At that time it seemed the best way to make a living.”
Then he joined Prudential, at the time the largest estate agency in Britain, as a branch manager, initially in Haxby and later in Burnley, Lancs.
"I discovered that it was a great business to be in, fast moving and challenging. It was inevitable that eventually I would want to be in the forefront of the industry.”
Five years later, in 1992, he and his original founding partner, John Waterhouse, started Hunters in Goodramgate.
"It was a tough time to start. Two months after opening our doors, we were hit by Black Wednesday when in one day interest rates went from ten per cent to 15 per cent. But we worked very hard and true to our name, hunted down every deal and we prayed that the market would improve. Eventually it did and we never looked back."
My parents always encouraged us to take an interest in politics and current affairs and to share our opinions around the dining room table. I think that’s where the seed was planted for a lifetime ambition to enter politics. I did not want to be a career politician, I first wanted to prove that I could be successful in business and think that gives me the credibility and experience to be able to help to improve things at a local and national level. It is a great honour to have been chosen to represent the Thirsk & Malton seat and I am very aware of the commitment I have undertaken, the brevity of the role and the tough tasks and decisions that may lie ahead. However, I welcome the duties that have been given to me. I will represent the needs of all residents. I will work hard to help to build a fairer society. I will give my time and my best endeavours willingly to bring more investment and prosperity to the area.
We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Locally, here in North Yorkshire we have strong, tight-knit communities. We must preserve what we have at all costs. I am delighted to have the chance to support and campaign on behalf of local people, community groups, businesses and farmers.
Regionally, investment per head of population on transport in North Yorkshire is less than half that of the South East. Healthcare funding in rural areas gets around 25% less per person than in urban areas. Rural local authorities receive 47% less than their city counterparts. I believe that I can offer the strong leadership required to build a clear case for more investment in North Yorkshire. I will work to secure more money for our schools and hospitals. My aim is to improve the A64, deliver better, more frequent train services and bring improved broadband services to even the hardest to reach areas.
The future of the country now looks very bright. Nationally, the economy is firing on all cylinders, the fastest growing in the developed world. UK businesses have created more jobs in the last 5 years than the rest of Europe put together. This is the platform to build a fairer society that benefits all. The Conservative policy is to increase the minimum wage to £8 per hour by 2020 and to lift the threshold for paying tax to £12,500 per annum. We will protect those most in need and make sure that the NHS gets the funding so that it can continue to provide its excellent service.
Thanks to everyone for the many messages of congratulations. I promise you it will not go to my head. We have a great opportunity over the next five years to make sure we build a country and economy that works for all and a local team that does the same in the Thirsk & Malton Constituency. I will do my best to make sure that we do. There is so much we can achieve if we all work together and I very much look forward to playing my part and hope I will make you proud to call me your MP.
There are many good things in the world and much that needs to change. So I¹m happy to accept, and hope I can live up to, the great Gandhi challenge; to 'be the change that we wish to see in the world'.
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